Content posted in January 2015
First Superbowl Ever to be Played Under LED Lighting: A new Era in Lighting
Steve Taranovich 1/28/2015 35 comments
Unlike the disastrous Superbowl XLVII in 2013, when the Metal Halide stadium lights went out at an inopportune moment, Ephesus LED Sports Lighting, a US-based company that manufactures high-output LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets, has supplied the Stadium with high performance LED stadium lights.
The Power of the Printed Word
Steve Taranovich 1/20/2015 37 comments
The MIT Age Lab recently worked with Monotype Imaging in an investigation of effects of typeface on the demand of human-machine interactions during a simulated in-vehicle point-of-interest (POI) menu selection task. Their study showed that people could perform a menu selection task faster and with more accuracy depending upon the text type used as well as white text on a black background vs. the standard block text on a white background. Differences were clearly noted.
Voice, Wireless or Infrared Control?
Steve Taranovich 1/20/2015 75 comments
One of the key themes throughout my tour of CES 2015 exhibits was the wireless of infrared control of the Smart Home. Using your Smart Phone or Tablet, exhibitors showed how you could easily control many functions in your home.
Latchup and its prevention in CMOS
Keith Sabine 1/14/2015 5 comments
Early CMOS processes suffered a reliability concern that became known as latchup. It resulted in circuits either malfunctioning or consuming excessive power, and could be either inherent in the design or triggered by voltage spikes on IO pads that could forward bias PN junctions they were connected to.
An AC Current Generator, Part 4
Aubrey Kagan 1/13/2015 5 comments
In parts 1 through 3 I described the construction of the transformer we needed to generate the 10Amps AC. We still had to drive the transformer.
Analog circuit bliss can be yours, with a modest investment
Analog Angle 1/12/2015 11 comments
You can experience the joys and depths of analog circuit design by reading some recent, and not-so-recent, books; they explore topologies, error sources, components, and will likely spark some creative thinking about solutions to real-world circuitry issues.
These days, I often code design equations for filter circuits directly into sequences of Excel cells
The introduction of the solar boat is necessary to preserve our planet, which is mainly covered by water; the autonomous drive option is a pleasant alternative
Leading up to APEC have been a slew of new introductions by various suppliers. I wanted to highlight some of that here on Planet Analog for your information
Could a 16-bit SAR converter application reach a dynamic range of 125 dB at 600 kSPS?
My ‘gut feel’ as an Electronics Engineer tells me that the need for more adequate and intensive pilot training is a strong possibility